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The Agency of Things: how Spaces and Artefacts Organize the Moral Order of an Intensive Care Unit

This article focuses on the constitutive role of space and artefacts in delineating the moral order of a specific context. Building on the premises of a post-humanistic phenomenology, it proposes a theoretical contribution to a critical understanding of communication as a complex phenomenon distributed between human and non-human semiotic agents. Drawing on ethnographic research in […]

Armonia tra «ethos» e «polis»

Il sole 24 ore, 17 Febbraio 2019 – Si narra che Thelonious Monk, l’acclamato pianista e compositore jazz statunitense, animatore con Dizzy Gillespie del bebop dotato di accordi essenziali e percussivi, non di rado interrompesse le sue esecuzioni per un ballo attorno al pianoforte in modo da far echeggiare, verificare e riflettere nell’ideale specchio del suo […]

Words Faithful to the Phenomenon: A Discursive Analysis Method to Investigate Decision-Making Processes in the Intensive Care Unit

The article presents the developing of a tool aimed to analyze the decision-making (DM) processes in critical care contexts. It was developed in a study conducted through a phenomenological approach. By analyzing the discursive practice through which physicians in an intensive care unit (ICU) arrive at decisions, we construct a discursive profile of each ICU […]

Self-Assessment of Nursing Competencies: Validation of the Finnish NCS Instrument with Italian Nurses

Aim. Research focusing on competence assessment of practicing nurses has recently increased. However, few generic instruments are available for this purpose. This study reports cultural validation of the Italian version of the Nurse Competence Scale (NCS, English version) by exploring nurses’ perceptions of the use of the NCS instrument. Metods. Content validity of the Italian […]

Conversational Pursuit of Medication Compliance in a Therapeutic Community for Persons Diagnosed with Mental Disorders

Purpose: in this article, we contribute to the debate on medication compliance by exploring the conversational “technologies” entailed in the process of promoting clients’ adherence to psychopharmacological prescriptions. Using a case study approach, we explore how medication-related problems are dealt with in conversational interaction between the staff members and the clients of a mental health […]

The Practice of Self-Understanding

To shed new light on the importance of self-care, it is fundamental to pinpoint the role of the emotional life for this process of self-inquiry. The action of knowing raises ethical issues, even more when dealing with the intimate essence of the person; respecting a delicate ethics is the ground for dealing with such investigation. […]